If you were born before 1992, you may remember this ancient thing people used to take photos of themselves called a "photo booth." Alas, in the age of Kim Kardashian, we now have "selfie kiosks," and you can find the newest one in Albany Plaza (Albany Street and Greenwich Street) near the Financial District.
The selfie kiosk, sponsored by the Downtown Alliance and tech companies Zivelo and National Media Brands, is situated for people to get a perfect shot with New York's hottest (and maybe most hated) building of the year, One World Trade Center. And then immediately share the photo, emblazoned with #LowerManhattan, through Twitter, Facebook and email.
“Postcards and photo booths were the old school way to share memories," said Downtown Alliance President Jessica Lappin in a press release. "Today, the selfie is the way to mark a moment and Lower Manhattan is proudly innovating with our selfie kiosk. We’ve created this fun, first of its kind way for visitors to share their experiences. There isn’t anything like it anywhere in the world."
You're required to sign away your rights for the selfie to be used in promo materials before your snap, but we don't see tourists having a problem with that. Whether locals will wait in a line to take a selfie with a controversial, rat-infested building is another question entirely.